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Hawtins and Wondermatics

Postby stoxman22 » Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:28 pm

Hi,
I am new to collecting slot machines and need some help with history.
I have 2 allwin type machines, one is a Hawtins and one is a Wondermatics. I have searched the net and my local library and can find nothing about either of these companies.
Does anyone know any interesting facts for the above.
My Wondermatics machine is a Bonus win, the Hawtins is a straight forwards allwin.

Cheers
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Postby bryans fan » Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:48 pm

Hi
Welcome to the world of slot machines.
Unless you already have a copy, I would suggest you buy a copy of "Arcades and slot machines" by Paul Braithwaite, it is a great reference book and has lots of info. It is the best £12 I have spent!

I do believe it is available from penny machines in the library.

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Postby coin-op » Fri Dec 16, 2005 2:09 pm

Hawtins were a company based in Blackpool and made various coin operated machines including a 'clutching hand' merchandiser, a jukebox, a steer-a-ball machine and the allwin you have. Wonders were a significant manufacturer of allwins and are noted not least for the risque trademark as evidenced on the flicker handle back plate and the hammer cover of your machine. The Bonus appeared also with another backflash under the name Win and Mystery. Basically they made allwins in two sizes (with a couple of exceptions) - standard size allwins (like yours) and large allwins (e.g. Honest Joe, Towerbridge etc). :)

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Postby stoxman22 » Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:49 pm

Thanks for the info...I have ordered the book also.

Any idea of age of my machines?

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Postby bryans fan » Fri Dec 16, 2005 4:23 pm

I would think the Hawtins was from the '30s and the Wondermatics from the late '50s. Please correct me someone if I am wrong.


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